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Draft making eID card a compulsory document from 2023 onward remains inactive

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Latvia’s government has yet to review the legislative draft that makes electronic ID card a compulsory personal identification document for all residents of Latvia older than 15. It was decided at a Cabinet of Ministers meeting to wait for a report from Justice Ministry on possible compulsory use of eID cards. Once it is finished, the government will discuss this matter with the report in hand. This may happen in…

Lithuanian president signs civil service overhaul package into law

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday signed a legislative package on an overhaul of the civil service into law. “The laws were signed today and sent back to the Seimas,” the president’s spokeswoman, Daiva Ulbinaite, told BNS. The package, which the parliament adopted at the close of its spring session, gives heads of institutions more powers in setting salaries for civil servants. Under the new law, a civil servant’s salary will…

FIFA Head Infantino: 2018 World Cup in Russia ‘Best Ever’

Friday, July 13, 2018

The World Cup has changed the perception of Russia among all countries, as the visitors have discovered a hospitable country, full of people, who are keen to show to the world that what sometimes is said is not actually what happens here, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters. “It is an incredible, amazing World Cup. From the very beginning of the tournament, we have experienced incredible emotions from being here and in two…

Bank of Lithuania: Cybercrimes are the greatest risk to the domestic financial system

Friday, July 13, 2018

The probability of risks of cyberattacks and their potential impact on Lithuania’s financial system is the highest, according to the latest survey of financial institutions, conducted by the Bank of Lithuania. The risk of overheating of the real estate market has lessened somewhat, yet it has also remained among the most important risks to the financial system.  ‘These days it has become usual and even necessary for consumers to use…

Japan faces ‘frequent’ disasters as flood toll reaches 200

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Japan risks more severe weather and must find ways to alleviate disasters, a government spokesman said on Thursday, as intense heat and water shortages raised fear of disease among survivors of last week’s floods and landslides. Torrential rain in western Japan caused the country’s worst weather disaster in 36 years, killing 200 people, many in communities that have existed for decades on mountain slopes and flood plains largely untroubled by…

Plain TextPrint news Lithuanian IT sector welcomes govt’s plans to ease hiring of foreigners

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Lithuanian government’s decision to expand the list of professions subject to simplified procedures for employing foreigners would help boost the country’s competitiveness, the director of the IT association Infobalt said. The government approved on Wednesday the Economy Ministry’s proposal to increase to 49, from 27, the list of professions for which there are not enough local workers. Nine of the 22 new professions proposed for the list are related…

US immigrant kids don’t recognise parents now

Thursday, July 12, 2018

One mother had waited four months to wrap her arms around her little boy. Another had waited three months to see her little girl again. When the reunions finally happened on Tuesday in Phoenix, the mothers were met with cries of rejection from their children. “He didn’t recognise me,” said Ms Mirce Alba Lopez, 31, of her three-year-old son, Ederson, her eyes welling up with tears. “My joy turned temporarily…

University of Latvia, Riga Technical University and Stradins University receive most enrollment applications

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A total of 10,047 applications have been filed to study at Latvia’s universities and colleges in the 2018/2019 academic year, according to enrollment results reported by all twelve universities and colleges in Latvia. Last year, the total number of applicants willing to study at some of the twelve universities and colleges was 8,034. Riga Stradins University reports the highest increase in applications – 15 percent to a total of 1,900…

Thailand cave: Museum and film in the works for Tham Luang

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The cave complex in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum. Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded, predicting it would be a “major attraction” for Thailand. At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling the story of the rescue. The rescued group are all…

Unemployment level in Latvia stays at 6.4% in June

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The registered unemployment level in Latvia was at 6.4 percent of the economically active population at the end of June this year, or unchanged from May, according to the State Employment Agency’s data. At the end of June 2018, there were 59,119 unemployed persons registered with the State Employment Agency, down by 429 people from a month ago. The lowest unemployment rate was registered in the Riga region – 4.2…